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Explore Denali National Park from Fairbanks

For those who want to explore Denali National Park on a journey from Fairbanks to Anchorage!  

Price Per Person
(based on double occupancy)
3 days, 2 nights
May - September

Explore Denali National Park from Fairbanks

Description, Itinerary, Tour Map, Details, Cancellation Policy, Travel Insurance

Day One - Train to Denali, GoldStar Service Upgrade with Breakfast Included, Bus Tour into Denali National Park, Dinner & Welcome Orientation, Overnight INSIDE Denali National Park

Day Two - All Meals, Guided Activities at the Lodge, Overnight INSIDE Denali National Park

Day Three - Breakfast, Train to Anchorage, GoldStar Service Upgrade with Lunch & Dinner Included

Day One

Depart Fairbanks this morning aboard the historic Alaska Railroad. Enjoy Gold Star Service which includes breakfast in the Gold Star dining car, complimentary non-alcoholic beverages, glass domed car seating and an open air viewing platform reserved specifically for guests traveling in Gold Star Service. Your bus trip to Kantishna Roadhouse (no private cars are allowed on this road) will take you past views of Wonder Lake and Reflection Pond. The right conditions may yield a fantastic view and photo opportunities of Denali. The bus makes many stops along its 90 mile route so relax, stretch your legs and gaze into the incredible landscape.

The Kantishna Roadhouse has several different log cabin styles. They are all delightfully scenic, quiet and cozy. All cabins are just minutes away from the Roadhouse main building, dining room and saloon. Choose from a wide variety of guided day hikes around the Kantishna Gold Mining District. Each hike offers a different opportunity to explore the area. Choose your comfort level and leave the rest up to us. Also available are free bike rentals, interpretive talks, dog sled demonstrations, fishing equipment, and evening excursions to Wonder Lake to view the mountain and alpenglow evening colors.

The grounds of the Roadhouse are beautifully kept with native flowers and plants. “Green Thumbs” always love learning about Alaska’s flora and growing season. In the evenings, enjoy your favorite spirits in the saloon, before retiring to your cabin for a cozy night in the wilderness. This unplugged vacation is sure to please the guests who want to experience the real Alaska. Soak up the sights and sounds without the interruption of your cell phone! Not to worry though...satellite pay phones are available for those guests who need to make contact with the Outside. All meals are served in the dining room and are included in your package with the exception of lunch today. You can choose to grab a lunch from the cafe car aboard the Alaska Railroad or stop into the cafe at the Wilderness Access Center.

Day Two

Today enjoy breakfast then a selection of activities that are included with your stay at the Kantishna Roadhouse. The roadhouse activities that are included in your package are hiking, mountain biking, fly fishing, a dog team presentation, and gold panning. The excursions that are optional and requires additional charges include: Flightseeing Tours and Spa Services.

Hiking - Guided hiking is our premier activity at the Roadhouse. Join us on our popular daily walking and hiking excursions. Guided hikes leave the Roadhouse each morning—you can choose a two hour walk or take a bag lunch and hike for up to six hours. Whether you are a beginner, intermediate or advanced trekker, the Roadhouse offers an opportunity for you to explore the Park on foot and learn about the wildlife and flora of the Kantishna Hills from one of our experienced Naturalist Guides. Footwear is important and good hiking boots are a must. Please be sure to bring a pair of boots with good ankle support that are water resistant as you will be hiking over rocks and through boggy tundra at times on most of our intermediate and challenging hikes.

Mountain Biking - If mountain biking is on the top of your list as a favorite outdoor activity, rev up the pedals of one of our mountain bikes and spend some time exploring the countryside. Pedal to Wonder Lake or investigate the old mining roads in the area. Ask a guide to assist you with a bike selection and please wear the required helmet for your protection. Daypacks and water bottles are also available for your use.

Fly Fishing - Moose Creek flows through our property and Arctic Grayling (a member of the trout family) are abundant in its crystal clear waters; so whether you’ve always wanted to try your hand at fly fishing or you’re an experienced fishing enthusiast, this is the activity for you. Hip boots and both fly and spinning rods are available for guest use and your first lure or fly is complimentary. A selection of tackle is available for purchase at the front desk and fishing licenses are not required in the Park. A solitary morning or evening spent casting in the ripples is a unique and wonderful way to connect with nature. (Note: We practice Catch and Release fishing at the Roadhouse.)

Dog Team Presentation - One of our most uniquely Alaskan activities is our dog team presentation. Emmitt Peters Jr., son of Iditarod Dog Mushing Champion Emmitt Peters Sr., will regale you with a talk about dog mushing in Alaska. Afterwards, he will take you to meet our team of Alaskan sled dogs, harness them up and take them for a run. Since there is no snow in summer to run a sled on, the team is run with an ATV, which is a common way to exercise dogs in the summer. This presentation is educational as well as entertaining—be sure to have your camera ready!

Gold Panning - The Kantishna district was the sight of a gold rush in the early 1900s. Every afternoon you will have a chance to slip on a pair of rubber boots, grab a pan and head for Moose Creek with a guide to learn the history and methods of the old-time prospectors and try your hand at panning for a little "color". Any gold you find is yours to keep and we are happy to create a complimentary “Gold Card” for you at the front desk—your gold flakes will shimmer and shine when they are laminated onto the black card. Kids of all ages—9 to 90--thoroughly enjoy this activity and are astounded to learn about the legendary lives and times of the early prospectors.

Day 3

This morning take the shuttle back to the front of the park entrance or consider upgrading to the scenic flight back! The shuttle will arrive at the rail station in time for your southbound departure aboard the Denali Star Rail in Gold Star Service to Anchorage. Head south from Denali passing over the great Hurricane Gulch, stopping briefly at the quaint climbing town of Talkeetna and travel through the Matanuska Valley to return to Alaska's largest city, Anchorage. This evening take a late flight out of Anchorage or consider adding additional nights to explore Anchorage and the Kenai Peninsula!

Upgrades Available:

*ADD a Scenic Flight Tour back to the Park Entrance on Day 3 - 35 minutes or 55 minutes

*Pre-night accommodations in Fairbanks

*Post- night accommodations in Anchorage

*Shuttle service from Anchorage Rail Depot on Day 3

Multi-Day Itinerary Cancellation Policy: A 50% deposit is required to start the booking process. Remainder is due 60 days prior to travel. Cancellations must be made in writing (email, fax, or mail). Processing fee of $100 per guest applies for cancellations more than 60 days before travel, or 50% of total if received less than 60 days from travel. No refund applies if cancellation is received less than 30 days prior to travel.

Day Tour Cancellation Policy: For cancellations outside of 14 days before the first day of your tour, a 10% fee will be withheld. For cancellations inside of 14 days, no refund applies.

Salmon Berry Travel & Tours recommends travel insurance provided by TravelSafe Insurance. Our recommendation is based on positive guest feedback. In particular, the experience of one Salmon Berry guest is instructive:

Our guest had booked the vacation of a lifetime and the ultimate Alaska package. She had to cancel the trip a week before it began due to unfortunate circumstances.

She later told us that within ten minutes of phone time her claim was processed in full. She was very pleased with TravelSafe Insurance's immediate and empathetic response. Getting a refund for her trip was the last thing she wanted to think about, and TravelSafe Insurance took care of her needs and concerns immediately. 

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